PITTMAN, Ruth Fike died at home on Dec. 20, 2013. Prior to devoting her life to nurturing her husband and daughters, she was a medical social worker and graduate of Duke University, which she entered at age 16. She earned her M.A. in social work at Tulane University. Ruth practiced at Charity Hospital, Moltnomah Hospital and Duke Medical Center. Born in Ahoskie, N.C., she was named "Best All Around Student" and was captain of her basketball team. Ruth is survived by her husband of 58 years, Robert; three daughters, Laura Potter (Tim Potter), Dr. Mary Ann Pittman (Steven Boldt) and Bes Baldwin (Dr. Steven Baldwin); and two granddaughters, Madalyn Baldwin and Beryl Baldwin. Articulate and witty, Ruth enjoyed travel adventures, classical music, her loving dogs, all sports, and great literature during her long and wonderful life.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Dec. 23, 2013